Being Courageous begins with Courage
Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” As parents, we have so much influence with each of our children to encourage them to live out their dreams. You can always help them think and dream big. Encourage means “to cause courage.” Here are a few questions that will help you to en-courage your children.
What would be an example of someone living an extraordinary life?
Listen to how they may describe this person and how this extraordinary life looks. Encourage them that living a life like this takes courage to not settle for less in their life. Tell them a story of when you had extraordinary courage or of a time you wish you would have. Let them know they were created to live extraordinarily, beyond the ordinary, and that you believe in them.
What is something you would like to invent and how would it change things?
Tell them that most change comes first from someone identifying that there is a problem and then exercising the courage to solve it. Have your child think about simple things such as the napkin or fork they may be using. Tell them it took imagination and courage for Benjamin Franklin to fly a kite in a storm that ultimately proved that lightning was static electricity. This discovery led to many inventions. Encourage them to think big and pursue their dreams.
What could you do better if you had more courage?
Listen and consider as they share their hearts. Whatever they say, encourage them that they can overcome and you will help as much as they want you to help. Tell them often that you believe in them.
Successful people talk about others in their lives who helped them overcome something or encouraged them to do something they did not believe they could do, but they did it. Most often that encouragement comes from a mother or a father that spoke words of encouragement to them until they believed it themselves. One day, your child will stand up before their peers and say that you, Mom or Dad, were that support that made the difference. Be intentional